Doctor ordered to pay child support for baby who survived abortion

Madrid, Spain, May 25, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A judge in the Spanish city of Palma has ordered a doctor and his clinic to provide financial support for a baby who survived a botched abortion until the child's 25th birthday. According to local media, the mother of the child attempted to procure an abortion on April 20, 2010. Two weeks later, the doctor – identified as E.R.K. – said X-rays showed the baby had been extracted from the womb. Three months later, however, the woman dis … [Read more...]

Bishop Blaire rejects claims of division over mandate lawsuits

Washington D.C., May 25, 2012 / 12:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, Calif. has clarified that he is united with his fellow bishops in their efforts to oppose the threat to religious freedom posed by the federal contraception mandate. “I stand solidly with my brother bishops in our common resolve to overturn the unacceptable intrusion of government into the life of the Church by the HHS Mandate,” said Bishop Blaire in a May 24 statement.  He explained that he wan … [Read more...]

Poll finds most Colombians oppose gay adoption

Bogotá, Colombia, May 25, 2012 / 12:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An overwhelming majority of Colombians have voiced opposition to a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court granting homosexuals the right to adopt. According to the first online poll taken since the ruling by Noticias Caracol, 67 percent of respondents said they oppose the decision. By 10:30 a.m. on May 24, some 9,000 votes had been taken in the poll. More than 7,000 respondents said they disagreed with allowing same-sex couples to … [Read more...]

Vatican Bank boss fired over alleged mismanagement

Vatican City, May 25, 2012 / 10:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The President of the Vatican Bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, has been fired from his post following a vote of no-confidence by the bank's supervisory board. “Over time this area had generated increasing worries among the members of the board and, despite repeated efforts to communicate these concerns to Professor Gotti Tedeschi, President of the Works of Religion, the situation deteriorated further,” read a communiqué issued by the Vati … [Read more...]

Police arrest suspect in ‘Vatileaks’ case

Vatican City, May 25, 2012 / 09:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A person suspected of leaking sensitive internal Vatican documents has been arrested and is currently being detained “in a secure room” by the Vatican police. “The investigation initiated by the Gendarmerie under instructions received by the Commission of Cardinals and under the direction of the Promoter of Justice, has identified a person in possession of confidential documents,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the media May … [Read more...]

Catholics can decide the 2012 election, expert says

Denver, Colo., May 25, 2012 / 04:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the presidential election draws closer, political expert Brian Burch is telling Catholics that if they turn out in slightly larger numbers at the polls, they will be “the decisive vote this November.”Although some Catholics tend to shy away from the political sphere with the mindset that it is unrelated to their faith, Burch said that due to recent developments, “we no longer have the luxury of keeping politics separate from relig … [Read more...]

Most voters doubt Catholic institutions would shut down over mandate

Washington D.C., May 25, 2012 / 02:05 am (CNA).- A new survey shows that while more Americans are opposing the federal contraception mandate, the majority of voters also doubt that Catholic institutions would shut down rather than comply with the rule. According to a May 22-23 Rasmussen poll, 51 percent of voters find it unlikely that Catholic organizations would shut down rather than buy insurance to cover abortifacients, sterilizations and contraceptives, as required by the Obama … [Read more...]